Blizzard Plans To Track Gamer Achievements Across 'WoW,' 'Starcraft' And 'Diablo'

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Blizzard Plans To Track Gamer Achievements Across 'WoW,' 'Starcraft' And 'Diablo'

Note that this article, at http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/...">http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2008/08/01/blizzard-accounts-achievements..., is at "... a blog built by MTV News and MTV Games for gamers ...". If you feel susceptible to those sorts of sites, please be cautious before you click on the link. This article says that:

Quote:When I spoke with lead "World of Warcraft" designer Jeff Kaplan yesterday about the game's new Achievement system, he revealed that eventually players will have a Blizzard Account that shows Achievements from other Blizzard games they've played, including the upcoming titles "Diablo III" and "StarCraft II." "Eventually, our plans are for the Achievement system to become an account-based system," he explained. When the new Blizzard Accounts are active, a player's 'WoW' points can be added to an overall score dubbed an account holder's "Blizzard Level." "It's basically a gamerscore," Kaplan said, when I made reference to Xbox Live's Achievement system. "For now the points are just a 'WoW' character score. As we graduate to that Blizzard Account system, which is right on the horizon, it will switch over to a Blizzard Level." He added, "Your 'WoW' score would be just one factor that will go into your Blizzard Level. And rather than call it a 'score,' we just wanted it to be like you're leveling up on Blizzard gamesaEU| You'll have this Blizzard identity, and you'll be able to see things like 'Oh, this guy was great at Diablo III, but he never played Starcraft and he was mediocre in WoW.' That sort of thing."

My main concern regarding this is that it may help make what is already one of the most addictive video games, i.e., WoW, even more addictive by adding one more aspect to make playing it even more competitive and encouraging players to also play (and do well in) Blizzard's other video games.

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Just another Blizzard cash

Just another Blizzard cash cow, if you ask me - one more way for people to play Blizzard games endlessly. Now players of WoW (or other Blizzard games) will feel like they have to be good at all the games. They will not be stuck playing & leveling in only one world and (hopefully) get bored someday. They will have an endless supply of addictive games to jump to.

Until we are tested, how do we know if we will pass?

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this is not a new concept as

this is not a new concept as Valve has a steam rating based on how many games you bought through steam, i think, though that isn't really dangerous however, applying global ratings to a game with so many subscribers/addicts and linking it to new games is vicious; then again no surprise, since it comes from blizzard

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I have been addicted to two

I have been addicted to two of Blizzard's best selling games. Blizzard makes LOADS of cash at the moment. Isn't it enough? Apparently they need more.... I am aware that i shift the blame for my addiction but that's what i need at the moment. **** you Blizzard. ;)

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Somehow I missed this

Somehow I missed this article in August. As someone who just left wow, the achievement system is the most assinine thing I have ever seen. When you complete an achievement, it automatically is announed in guild chat. When you inspect another toon in game, you can also look at someone's achievements. Some of them are simple like "throwing up Halloween candy" while others are more complicated like completing all the Old World instances. When people are bored in game, and there is a lot of that now, they run around doing achievements. It brings out the competitiveness and obsessive-compulsive nature in people.

The question is....will you be able/courageous/adult enough to sacrifice that which merely pleases you...for that which will truly fulfill you? That is the question of personal growth.
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That Archivement System

That Archivement System caused some of the most groutesque annoucement I had ever seen in my entire life, this occurred when I was still playing WoW.... " Realm first level 80 title Archivement " I heard some european guy did it in 2 days... I saw this archievement occur on Madoran Server (or Realm) 4 days after WoW newest expansion came out, it was one of the many reasons why I stopped playing WoW, not only this archivements are meaningless but also helps to encourage excessive gamers to play even more... And Blizzards gets angry when someone blames them about gaming issues... they are not really helping here. According to this article they removed that Archivement: (Warning if you're are afraid of relaping by seeing this article, please do not read it) http://www.wowinsider.com/2008/09/04/realm-first-level-80-titles-removed/ [color=blue]Explicit WoW website; Contains Multiple Screenshots[/color]

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Yes and in LOTRO, "Lord of

Yes and in LOTRO, "Lord of the Rings Online", (which I loved even more fiercely than WoW if that can be imagined, because I was INSIDE my very favorite books *hangs head*), the achievements are called "Deeds" and they actually improve your toon. So if you want to get more agility, say, you go do a deed and your toon is forever buffed a few points of agility. It is very addictive, because almost everything you do improves your toon, and it is not tied to armor like in Wow, so it doesn't go away in expansions . . . a year of my life I spent on that DARN THING. WASTED. They sure got me. That and the having of a hobbit house of my very own to decorate and "live in" - WAAAAH! *shakes fist at Turbine*!

It is not their fault that some of us are lonely people prone to addiction who see what they offer as way too fun for words. But I am still mad that I chose to waste so much time there. And I am not doing it by the skin of my teeth, one nanosecond at a time. ARGH.

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Hi Silly, I must have missed

Hi Silly, I must have missed your opening posts here at the site, and wanted to extend a welcome! You are not alone in the "over 30 addict gamer" female camp, there are plenty of us here.

I love your Julian of Norwich quote, I very much like the few things I've read about/by her, and other folk like Hildegard of Bingen. Good stuff.

I have to confess I hated the achievement/deed system so profoundly--TheRealMe pretty much stated my general thoughts on the system. It was very much the thing that fueld more greed and more addictive and competitive behavior in already greedy, competitive and addicted folks that I knew--basically when I thought it couldn't get any worse than it already was!

For me personlly, I wasn't likely to pick up any other Blizzard games to carry an account based rating, and I found the achievement system a huge insult to my intelligence. I used to tell people I knew that if I could go into the negative with my achievements, that I would, since it all felt like the most appalling display of "busy work". And yet I knew many people as addicted as I was/am who literally took that achievement bait and RAN WITH IT, playing even more than they were already playing!

I am wondering if there would have been some sort of "Super Awesome Item of Pwn" awarded if you had specific achievements completed in a series of Blizzard games...there certainly are people who will go to those extreme lengths to do this stuff, so it does indeed seem a bit insidious.

At the time when the achievement system was first introduced, I thought the whole point behind it was to stay competitve with Warhammer, which had an accomplishment system or something like it.

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Rumor has it in the new wow

Rumor has it in the new wow expac there is also guild achievement and rewards for it.

Another thing to get peeps MORE addicted.

The question is....will you be able/courageous/adult enough to sacrifice that which merely pleases you...for that which will truly fulfill you? That is the question of personal growth.
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the_real_me wrote: Rumor
the_real_me wrote:

Rumor has it in the new wow expac there is also guild achievement and rewards for it.

Another thing to get peeps MORE addicted.

Haha my first thought was "Wow, a great way for a bunch of ********** to turn into even bigger **********!"

Look I did it without bypassing the profanity filter!

All my naughtiness aside, I do worry about the folks I knew sometimes, the other addicts like me, and what these types of changes may bring for them.

Edited to add--yikes! The profanity filter *didn't* catch that, so my apologies if you read my original version. I was so delighted thinking it would all come out as asterisks, just went back and put them in manually.

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Ugh, I have struggled this

Ugh, I have struggled this whole weekend with all the news from Blizzcon... I wonder if it's safe to read LJ/Facebook/Twitter again *sigh*

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lisefrac wrote: Ugh, I have
lisefrac wrote:

Ugh, I have struggled this whole weekend with all the news from Blizzcon... I wonder if it's safe to read LJ/Facebook/Twitter again *sigh*

Feeling very happy about the news vacuum I'm evidently living in!

Cheers, Desire to Stop
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lisefrac wrote: Ugh, I have
lisefrac wrote:

Ugh, I have struggled this whole weekend with all the news from Blizzcon... I wonder if it's safe to read LJ/Facebook/Twitter again *sigh*

You can always delete Blizzard from your feeds and never get news from them again.

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What happens if your friends

What happens if your friends are posting about it?

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Yeah, it's my friends

Yeah, it's my friends talking about it; not that I'm still subscribed to any of Blizzard's news feeds.

And then today at work I got it AGAIN for my Diablo-loving coworkers. Oi. I put on headphones and listened to Steeleye Span REALLY LOUD.

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Yikes. That has to be

Yikes. That has to be difficult lisefrac.

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Interestingly, the

Interestingly, the achievement system was one of the things that also caused me to quit WoW. They took something that was already highly competative and took it to the nth degree. Frankly, it's a brilliant move on their part as a company. But for people struggling to control their play, it's terrible. The game is more addictive than ever.

The only winning move is not to play.

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Hi J. Doe I would not worry

Hi J. Doe

I would not worry about a continuous addictiveness to WoW. It's been so long since they launched, like about 10 years I think, and a lot of people started to lose their interest in the game, especially with all those new patches.

I mean, it was a pain to get to level 60. Then you had to play a lot more to get to 70. Then 80! 85! It's too much for new players and old veterans alike. Now I hear they want to make a new patch. Well, good luck with that, because I'm deleting the game (SHIFT+ Delete). That achievent system does nothing for me.

Of course, Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 are another story :P

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Good morning GT, You have

Good morning GT,

You have found a recovery community where recovering addicts and those who love them share their "experience, strength and hope." Is there something we can help you with?

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